The Census Bureau reported on Thursday that the United States became more diverse and urban during the last ten years as well as the non-Hispanic white population shrink for the first time on record, according to the trove of demographic statistics, which helps to redraw the political maps of the country. Furthermore, the new statistics offered the most comprehensive representation yet of how the nation changed since 2010, and they are sure to start out a strong partisan fight over-representation at a time of deep countrywide battles and divisions over voting rights.
In 2020, 86% of the U.S. population lived in metropolitan statistical areas, up from 85% in 2010. Another 8% lived in micropolitan statistical areas, down from 9% in 2010. Read more about the #2020Census in our latest America Counts story: https://t.co/JM4ksfVuEY pic.twitter.com/KOoaYvxK2Z
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What is the reason behind the falling white people in the U.S.?
However, the number assists in determining control of the House of Representatives in the 2022 elections and provides an electoral edge for the coming years. It will also form how $1.5 trillion packages in annual national spending distribute. The data showed that American nationals continued to migrate West and South at the expense of the Northeast and Midwest. On the other hand, the share of the White population dropped from 63.7 percent in 2010 to 57.8% in 2020, the minimum on record. The rate fell because of tumbling birth rates among white women compared with Asian and Hispanic women.
In 2010, the number of non-Hispanic white people fell from one hundred and ninety-six million to one hundred and ninety-one million. White individuals continue to be the most dominant ethnic and racial group; however, it changed in California, where Hispanic people became the largest ethnic or racial group, mounting from 37.6 percent to 39.4 percent during the last ten years, while the share of white people stumbled from 40.1 percent to 34.7 percent. As a result, the most populous state of the United States, California, joined the District of Columbia, Hawaii, and New Mexico as a state where the non-Hispanic white population is no longer the prevalent group.
A Census Bureau official, Nicholas Jones, said that the population of the United States is much more multicultural and much more ethnically and racially varied than what the federal agency measured in the past. Some demographers warned that the white population in the country wasn’t decreasing as much as shifting to multiracial identities. The number of Americans who identified as belonging to two or more races became more than tripled from nine million people in 2010 to 33.8 million in 2020. At present, they account for ten percent of the United States population.
Diversity Index of the U.S. by State in 2020
The Census of the United States uses the Diversity Index to compare the degree of ethnicity and variability in a population. The greater the number, the more diverse the population of the country is:
According to the Census Bureau, Americans who identify as a race other than Asian, Black, White, Pacific Islander, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian – either alone or in grouping with one of these races – soared to 49.9 million people, exceeding the Black population of around 46.9 million people as the second-largest racial group of the U.S.
Furthermore, Asians were the next country’s most populous racial group, reaching almost twenty-four million people in 2020, an increase of over a third. The Hispanic population of the country increased during the last decade, mounting by approximately one quarter to 62.1 million people last year and accounting for around half of the overall American population growth, which was sluggish since the Great Depression. If we compare, the non-Hispanic growth rate during the last ten years was around 4.3 percent.
The statistics reveal that the Latino community is a massive and growing part of the future of the country. Almost all of the growth of the last ten years happened in metropolitan areas of the country. Around eighty percent of metropolitan zones saw population gains as more Americans in smaller counties moved to bigger, more urban counties. In addition, the share of children in the United States dropped because of tumbling birth rates, while the adult share grew because of aging baby boomers.